Respiratory System: Medical Equipment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th February 2020.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation beds have been available to the NHS in England in each (a) year since 2015 and (b) week since 1 December 2019; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and which hospitals in England have provided extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation treatment in each year since 2010.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Since 2015, NHS England has commissioned a total of 15 adult respiratory extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) beds per annum from five providers in England (with a further provider in Scotland). In periods of high demand, capacity can be increased in line with an agreed standard operating procedure. In winter 2018/19, when there was significant morbidity associated with influenza, capacity was increased to over 30 beds. The five providers of adult ECMO beds are as below:

- Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust;

- Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust;

- Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;

- Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust; and

- University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Since 2015, NHS England has also commissioned paediatric respiratory ECMO beds from five providers in England (with a further provider in Scotland). In periods of high demand, capacity at these providers can be increased in line with an agreed standard operating procedure. Whilst there is no set number of beds per provider because the number of paediatric cases is very small, there are typically no more than three patients requiring respiratory ECMO at any one time. The five providers of paediatric ECMO beds are as below:

- Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust;

- Birmingham Women and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;

- Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust;

- The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and

- University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

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